When it comes to shopping, there is no place in India other than Delhi. Because of the presence of some of Asia’s biggest markets here and a vibrant atmosphere, no doubt it has become a favourite shopping place for both the tourists as well as Delhites.
Nowadays, you would see plenty of awesome shopping malls around but the real fun comes when you visit the following markets that I will be talking about. Women shoppers have surpassed the menfolk in these markets and thus have become real assets for the shops & businesses. These markets have their own charm and from here you can take back home many memories & experiences.
A word of advice for our women tourists will be – to stay in a group after dark for safety reasons.
This market reminds of a village with all thatched roof cottages. Its best known for handicrafts and handlooms from Indian villages. Some of the popular products to buy here include- gems, pottery, paintings, traditional clothing etc. You need to have great negotiation skills to buy for a good price. The Haat offers varied food stalls, where you can taste different Indian state’s delicacies. From time to time, Dilli Haat also hosts cultural and music shows. The entry tickets are very nominal.
This residential cum shopping area is one of the oldest in Delhi. Karol Bagh is visited by women mostly for buying bridal wears and Indian traditional garments (sarees and suits). It includes some other main markets also like- Ghaffar (best known for imported stuffs and electronics), Ajmal Khan Road (for buying trendy apparels at an unbeatable price and for some branded garments), Arya Samajh Road (known for buying & selling second hand books) and Bank street (to buy jewelleries).
Its considered being one of the most posh markets in Delhi. The market is famous for its range of premium Indian and international brands for almost all stuffs. The shopping experience at late evening feels fantastic with the streets and shops getting all lighted up. For this market, ensure your pocket is loaded with money as stuffs are going to be expensive. On Monday, it is closed.
Just opposite to Dilli Haat, this place is considered to be a Tesco of Delhi. The market is popular for grocery shopping and tailoring. Paragon Tailors would be recommended in case you require something important (but keep in mind the work timeframe). All the expats and diplomats in Delhi swear by this market as it caters to their food requirements. It’s a shopping paradise for those people who love cooking as only here you will get all ingredients even during off-seasons. Many Asians come here to buy seafoods and fresh meats (please excuse, as this street is dirty & smelly). Other best-known products of these market are- exotic spices, garments and fabrics, take away foods, chai stalls. Even being small this market has gathered strong ratings from its shoppers and tourists.
This market is believed to be the oldest market in Delhi and in India. No doubt, it is super crowded, busiest and untidy but its so popular for buying all kinds of products in wholesales. Many Bollywood films have been shot here. Shoppers can buy any kind of stuffs here- like all types of fabrics at Katra Neel, electrical goods, and medical stuffs at Bhagirath Palace, spices at Khari Baoli, chemicals, pearls and other semi precious ornaments. To satisfy your taste buds, this market can become your favourite food junction. Parathe Wali Gali is best known for its rich and tasty stuffed parathes (Indian flat bread). Just opt for some clean and tidy food stalls, you will be fine.
Its also frequented by women shoppers for Indian traditional garments e.g. Bridal wears, sarees and salwar-kameez. Besides garments, it also has stores famous for decors and home furnishings, latest footwear, bags and other accessories. When you visit, try getting your hands designed by henna here. The mehendiwaalas (henna designers) are expert in applying henna designs on your hands at a nominal cost. The market remains closed on Mondays.
It’s situated in south-central Delhi. This upscale market usually attracts visitors to some of its famous specialty restaurants and bars. Its known to be the worlds most costliest market in terms of retail prices. You are most likely to notice the crowd especially that of elite classes and tourists here. You can shop here in branded showrooms for garments, jewelleries and other accessories. Shop “Fab India” is recommended for all the tourists, although its little pricey.
Your Delhi visit will be incomplete without visiting Janpath market. Situated next to CP shopping arcade, this open-air market – Janpath is very popular among college girls, who come here to buy cheap branded clothing and accessories. The best part is that you can buy great souvenirs, decors, textiles etc here. These might not be found in big malls. Here also you ought to bargain a lot with vendors. Its advisable to carry change with you otherwise you will hear phrases from them like “I don’t have a change”. You will find few food stalls there that sell tasty cheap snacks like momos, burgers and chilled drinks, in case you get exhausted after shopping.
Its popularly short termed as CP among localites. This British built complex houses many offices, shopping streets and pavements. The white appearance of its shopping arcade gives a majestic touch. You will love the shopping experience especially during winters. You would find all the premium brands in clothing, bags, shoes, bookstores and even traditional and handicrafts shops. I really love buying the knick-knacks like jewellery, accessories etc that the pavement sellers sell. Apart from these, CP is also famous for its restaurants and bar/lounges. As it becomes darker, people begin to unwind here by visiting Cineplex’s or just hanging around with friends in bars.
Here comes another market which is super popular among Delhi girls especially college students. The USP of this market is that it offers fashionable clothes at an affordable price after hell lot of bargaining. Most of the shopping business is seen among roadside shops and stalls selling all kinds of clothes and fashion accessories. While shopping, I never forget to taste spicy “chaats” or “pani-puris” (Indian snacks) at some of its major food stalls.